The German government has commended the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria’s ID management agency, for creating a unified identification system for the country.
Ms. Regina Hess, Germany’s deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, who made this commendation a visit to NIMC headquarters in Abuja says the Nigerian ID system will aid the diplomatic community determine the eligibility of candidates seeking for work permit, school, visas, among others.
Germany also commended the Nigerian ID agency on the progress made in setting up the National Identity Management System (NIMS).
“Although it will take some time, the National e-ID Card which has a lot of applets will create access to state services, financial support to citizens, as well as add so many other values to the lives of Nigerians”, Hess adds.
According to her, “we want to discuss the planning, timelines, how we can make this project faster. We are also trying to create awareness about the card through trainings, even the police should know about the card, we are at the beginning stage of the awareness though.”
Responding, Engineer Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, thanked the German government for its interest in efforts underway to build a reliable identity management system in Nigeria.
“The Commission is saddled with the responsibility of creating first of all the national Identity database and we do this by enrolling citizens and legal residents into the data base”, according to the NIMC chief.